Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can I contact for detailed fishing information?

A. The Clements Fishing Barge folks, who also operate Captain Hook's Bait & Tackle on Main Street in Genoa, always know what's biting. Call 1-800-903-4903, or visit Captain Hook's Bait & Tackle and Clements Fishing Barge.

Q. Where can I put in my boat?

A. One boat landing is located adjacent to Genoa just above the Lock and Dam, with access for small craft only. Another boat landing is 1/2 mile south, below Dairyland Power Plant, for all types of vessels. This has two-ramp access. Several small boat landings can be found nearby in Bad Axe, Victory, DeSoto and Stoddard.

Q. What kind of fish are caught there?

A. You can catch a wide variety of fresh water fish, 60 species in all, with walleye being the most prized.

Q. What kinds of hunting is available in the area?

A. The most popular hunting types in our area are duck hunting, deer hunting and turkey hunting. Did you know that wild turkeys were first reintroduced to this area (near Romance) by the Wisconsin DNR in the late 1980s? That success paved the way for other wild turkey reintroductions around the state. Wild turkeys are now quite plentiful in the area.

Q. Can you eat the fish you catch in the Mississippi River

A. Yes, the Mississippi River is one of the cleanest rivers in the country.

Q. Where can I get a hunting or fishing license?

A. Locally licenses are available at Captain Hooks or Pedretti's gas station in Genoa . You can also purchase licenses using Wisconsin's Online Licensing Center.

Q. How do I drive to Genoa?

A. Genoa is located on U.S. Hwy. 35, also known as the Great River Road, approximately 18 miles south of La Crosse and 40 miles north of Prairie du Chien, and 19 miles west of Viroqua on Hwy. 56.

Q. What is the population of Genoa?

A. Genoa is "home sweet home" in America to 266 people.

Q. What are the main attractions?

A. Our Points of Interest page includes brief descriptions of many local destinations.

Q. Where can we have refreshments?

  • Big River Inn Restaurant on Genoa's Main Street, 608-689-3200
  • Tuna's Bar on Genoa's Main Street, 608-689-9601
  • Rudy's Bar on Genoa's Main Street, 608-689-2994
  • Rocky's Supper Club in Stoddard on Hwy. 35, 608-457-2111
  • Sylvan Glen Supper Club 1/2 mile east of Stoddard off Hwy. 167, 608-457-9121
  • Thirsty Turtle in Stoddard on Hwy. 35, 608-457-9115
  • Great River Roadhouse on Hwy. 35 between Genoa and De Soto, 608-648-2045

Q. Is there lodging or camping nearby?

  • Big River Inn Lodging on Genoa's Main Street, 608-689-2652
  • Rudy's Bar Lodging on Genoa's Main Street, 608-689-2994
  • The Genoa Motel Lodging, 608-689-2339
  • Q. Where is the nearest city?

    A. La Crosse, Wisconsin, 18 miles north of Genoa, is a very popular destination along the Mississippi. You will find all of the customary metropolitan amenities in La Crosse, and Genoa is just a short drive south on Hwy. 35, the Great River Road.

    If you visit La Crosse, a popular river-town day trip is to visit three states in one beautiful drive! Take Hwy. 35 south, visiting Genoa, Stoddard and De Soto; turn right on Hwy. 9 to Lansing, Iowa; after visiting Lansing, head north on Hwy. 26 through Minnesota, visiting Brownsville, to La Crescent, MN. In La Crescent, take Hwy. 61 back to La Crosse.